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10 Reasons Why Your Domain Offer Won’t Be Accepted

Does someone else own your ideal domain name? Purchasing a domain that is already owned is not always a simple process. There are many things that can get in the way of a potential deal. Here are some of the most common:

1. Your offer is too low:

Although an offer of $5,000 or even $50,000 may seem generous for a domain, the owner may have had offers that are much greater.

Great domains often have many potential buyers. Do a Google search for a domain’s keyword(s) to get a quick idea of its value. Are there other businesses that are using inferior versions of the domain with: extensions other than .com, an added hyphen, word, number, etc., who could upgrade their domain by purchasing the one you’re interested in?

2. The domain is not for sale:

If there is a legitimate website hosted on the domain you probably won’t be able to purchase it. Even when there isn’t a website, it’s possible that a domain is being used for email purposes or the owner may have plans to develop it in the future. And yet, most everything is for sale for the right price. See #1.

3. You offered something other than money for the domain:

Bartering for a domain name rarely works. We’ve had offers ranging from web development and hosting all the way to wine, steaks, or a good time. If you can’t afford a domain, ask if the seller has a lease option, if they offer payment plans, or for high value domains, if they would accept an equity position in your company in exchange for the domain.

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About Ian Ingram

Ian is the founder of Fat City Properties LLC, a company specializing in domain name acquisition, sales, development and consulting. He has been investing in domains and helping clients acquire domains since 2001.